Alan Shapiro

About

Alan Shapiro is a poet and a professor of English at the University of North Carolina. The author of fiction, essays, and memoirs, he has published ten volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is Against Translation.

 

My Identity Problem

from Authenticity, Volume 23, Number 3

In the fifties we wanted to assimilate into the mainstream and not stand out even while, behind closed doors, we practiced being Jews, now identity was front and center of what we wanted the world to know about us.